Tracy Ward sits with her attorney in an Amarillo, Texas courtroom, after pleading guilty to delivering crack to her unborn son. (2004)

What the "Crack Baby" Panic Reveals About The Opioid Epidemic

Journalism in two different eras of drug waves illustrates how strongly race factors into empathy and policy.
Illustration of John L. Sullivan from a Supplement to Police Gazette, vol. LXXII, no. 1078, Saturday April 23d, 1898.

John L. Sullivan Fights America

In 1883, heavy-weight boxing champion John L. Sullivan embarked on a tour of the country that would make him a sports superstar.
A sampling of craft beer.

The Craft Beer Explosion: Why Here? Why Now?

The crucial decade was the 1970s, when the industry’s increased consolidation and ever-blander product collided with key social and economic changes.
New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach supervises agents as they dispose of liquor during Prohibition.

What if the Fourth of July Were Dry?

In 1855, prohibitionists set their sights on the wettest day of the year.
Actor Leslie Odom, Jr. and actor and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda perform on stage during a 'Hamilton' GRAMMY performance on February 15, 2016.

The Issue on the Table: Is 'Hamilton' Good for History?

In a new book, top historians discuss the musical’s educational value, historical accuracy and racial revisionism.

How Everything On The Internet Became Clickbait

The “Laurel or Yanny?” phenomenon was the logical endpoint of 300 years of American media.
Bob Dylan performs on October 8, 1987.

The Rise and Fall of the “Sellout”

The history of the epithet, from its rise among leftists and jazz critics and folkies to its recent fall from favor.
The Hindenburg on fire, May 6th 1937.

America’s Love Affair With the Hindenburg

Before the German zeppelin met its fiery demise, it was an object of fascination for U.S. radio listeners.
The image of Phillis Wheatley that appeared in her book of poetry (1773).

Phillis Wheatley: an Eighteenth-Century Genius in Bondage

Vincent Carretta takes a look at the remarkable life of the first ever African-American woman to be published.
Enslaved Africans play the banjo on a plantation.

Chronicling “America’s African Instrument”

Laurent Dubois discusses the banjo's history and its symbolism of community, slavery, resistance, and ultimately America itself.
El Clamor Publico, California's first Spanish language newspaper, founded in Los Angeles in 1855 .

Spanish Has Never Been a Foreign Language in the United States

The call to “speak English” in America has a long history that often drowns out our even longer history of diverse language use.
The cover of a German copy of the second volume of The International Jew, which Henry Ford published (1922-1924).

The Dark Legacy of Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitism

The Dearborn Independent, a newspaper Ford owned, regularly supported and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.